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Carmine red
Crystal System:
From Sarabau mine, type locality
Visually similar to realgar.

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Classification of SarabauiteHide

Approval Year:

2 : SULFIDES and SULFOSALTS (sulfides, selenides, tellurides; arsenides, antimonides, bismuthides; sulfarsenites, sulfantimonites, sulfbismuthites, etc.)
M : Oxysulfosalts
A : Oxysulfosalts of Alkalies and Alkali Earths
Dana 7th ed.:

13 : Oxysulfides

4 : Oxysulphides

Physical Properties of SarabauiteHide

Carmine red

Chemical Properties of SarabauiteHide

IMA Formula:

Crystallography of SarabauiteHide

Crystal System:
Class (H-M):
2/m - Prismatic
Space Group:
Cell Parameters:
a = 25.37 Å, b = 5.65 Å, c = 16.87 Å
β = 117.58°
a:b:c = 4.49 : 1 : 2.986
Unit Cell V:
2,143.37 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Type Occurrence of SarabauiteHide

Synonyms of SarabauiteHide

Other Language Names for SarabauiteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Stibnite7 photos of Sarabauite associated with Stibnite on
Wollastonite-2M5 photos of Sarabauite associated with Wollastonite-2M on
Calcite3 photos of Sarabauite associated with Calcite on
Wakabayashilite3 photos of Sarabauite associated with Wakabayashilite on
Wollastonite2 photos of Sarabauite associated with Wollastonite on
Senarmontite1 photo of Sarabauite associated with Senarmontite on

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

2.MA.05Cetineite(K,Na)6Sb3+12(Sb3+S3)2O18(OH)0.5 · 5,5H2OHex. 6 : P63
2.MA.05Ottensite(Na,K)3Sb3+6(Sb3+S3)O9 · 3H2OHex. 6 : P63

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

4.1BazhenoviteCa8S2(S3)(S2O3)(OH)12 · 20H2OMon. 2/m : P21/b
4.2KermesiteSb2S2OTric. 1 : P1
4.4SchöllhorniteNa0.3CrS2 · H2OTrig.
4.10ApuaniteFe2+Fe3+4Sb3+4O12STet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P42/mbc

Other InformationHide

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for SarabauiteHide

Reference List:
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Nakai, I., Koto, K., Nagashima, K., Morimoto, N. (1977): The crystal structure of sarabauite CaSb10O10S6, a new oxide sulfide mineral. Chemistry Letters 1977, 275-276.
Nakai, I., Adachi, H., Matsubara, S., Kato, A., Masutomi, K., Fujiwara, T., Nagashima, K. (1978): Sarabauite, a new oxide sulfide mineral from the Sarabau mine, Sarawak, Malaysia. American Mineralogist 63, 715-719.
Nakai, I., Nagashima, K., Koto, K., Morimoto, N. (1978): Crystal structure of oxide-chalcogenide. I. The crystal stucture of sarabauite CaSb10O10S6. Acta Crystallographica B34, 3569-3572.

Internet Links for SarabauiteHide

Localities for SarabauiteHide

This map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.

Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
  • Borneo
    • Sarawak
      • Kuching
        • Bau
No reference listed
Chem.Lett.,Japan (1977) 275-276; Amer.Min.(1978) 63, 715-719; DILL, H.G. and HORN, E.E. (1996) The origin of a hypogene sarabauite-calcite mineralization at the Lucky Hill Au-Sb mine Sarawak, Malaysia.- Journal of Southeast Asian Earth Sciences, 14: 29-35; Breward, N., & Williams, M. (1994). Preliminary Apparaisal of the Environmental Geochemistry of the Bau Mining Area, Sarawak, Malaysia. British Geological Survey.
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